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How to Build an Agile Environment for Learning from Home

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 8, 2021

The past year we’ve learned how to adapt and work remotely. How do you achieve learning in this new remote work environment? Guest blogger, Nicole Garrison, helps you discover how you can build an agile environment for learning from home.

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Topics: employee performance, Worker Performance, Employee Learning

Practice: Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 1, 2021

With the world menaced by COVID19, why did many businesses finish 2020 as their best year ever?

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage, Company Culture, Culture, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

Five Temptations of a CEO Questions

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 25, 2021

As a leader/CEO, we can trip when we get too comfortable and fail to maintain our self-awareness.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, Effective Leadership, CEO Leadership Focus, Five Temptations of a CEO

Find Your White Space - Key Attribution Framework

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 18, 2021

When Positioning Systems started in 1998 my intention was to help businesses discover their unique and valuable position. For 20 years I helped business create messages to differentiate from their competition. Jack Trout and Al Ries’ classic marketing book Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind provided this impetus. A classic positioning example was 7-Up’s, The Uncola!

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Topics: strategy, strategy decisions, Strategy - How, Low-Cost Strategy, Differentiation Strategy, Strategy Question, Competitive Strategy, Key Attribution Framework, 3HAG WAY

The Power in Your Market Place

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Michael Porter’s Definition of Strategy is: the creation of a unique and valuable position, involving a different set of activities.

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Topics: strategy, market dynamics, Strategy - How, Differentiation Strategy, 3HAG WAY

Strategy Question - What Makes Your Brand Unique?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 4, 2021

Let’s take two quick surveys today.

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Topics: strategy, competitive advantage, Strategy - How, Differentiation Strategy, Competitive Strategy, 3HAG WAY

2021 Focus on Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2020

If 2020 was a humbling year for you in terms of revenue growth, then it’s time to work on strategy.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Competitive Strategy, 3HAG WAY

Annual Planning Agenda

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 21, 2020

How did your annual planning work for 2020?

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Topics: Annual Plan, Annual Planning

Start, Stop, Keep – Required Annual Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 14, 2020

If you’re not approaching your Annual Planning process by asking your staff what you should start, stop, and keep doing, I strongly recommend you START doing it.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Annual Plan, Employee Survey, Press Release, Annual Planning, Start Stop Keep Survey

Annual Planning – Fear or Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 7, 2020

“Nobody knows enough to be a pessimist.” 

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Topics: Annual Plan, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose, Decisions Equal Success, Annual Planning

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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